Articles | Volume 24, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2633–2653, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2633-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2633–2653, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2633-2020

Research article 25 May 2020

Research article | 25 May 2020

Soil moisture: variable in space but redundant in time

Mirko Mälicke et al.

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We could show that distributed soil moisture time series bear a considerable amount of information about dynamic changes in soil moisture. We developed a new method to describe spatial patterns and analyze their persistency. By combining uncertainty propagation with information theory, we were able to calculate the information content of spatial similarity with respect to measurement uncertainty. This does help to understand when and why the soil is drying in an organized manner.